Members of the Lagos State House Of Assembly, have called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct all state ministries, departments and office of civic engagement to regularly sensitize the public and students on the effects of drug abuse.
The lawmakers made the call during plenary after they gave account of what transpired in their constituencies at the last annual stakeholders’ meeting held across the state.
It would be recalled that the House recently held its 7th Annual Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting simultaneously in all the 40 constituencies tagged: “Increasing Wave of Drug Abuse: A Threat to Nation Building “.
In his contribution, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Somolu 1), explained that his constituents were happy with the topic deliberated as it was a germane issue of concern to all stakeholders.
Olowo added that the people canvassed for inclusion of routine sensitisation visit to schools by NDLEA in the budget, adding that sensitisation should not end at the stakeholders meeting.
He said “My people asked for many things including a pedestrian bridge at Fadeyi that will ease movement of school students to Jibowu area and enhance economic growth of the area.
“My people asked for installation of streetlights in strategic points of the area so as to reduce crime. The streetlights will also help traders who sell at night and this would boost the socioeconomic of Somolu.
“They also asked for a Printing Hub as we all know that Somolu is known to be a major place of printing business in Africa. The Hub will help our youths who are into printing business”.
While listing the requests of his people, Hon. Femi Saheed (Kosofe 2) noted that the constituents seek for the construction of a mini-stadium to enhance the sporting skills of the youths and also put Kosofe on the Lagos map as a revenue generating constituency.
Saheed said: “My people said they need link bridge around CMS primary school to ease movement of the students.
“They want government to link Agiliti area to Otedola Estate area as this will boost the economy of the constituency and reduce traffic on the major road. They want more chairs and benches in their public schools too.”
The lawmaker representing Badagry 2 and Chairman, House Committee On Information and Srategy, Hon. Setonji David, said his constituents clamour for the rehabilitation of Lagos-Badagry Expressway even as it is not a state road, adding that Oko Afo link road needs the attention of the state government.
Contributing, Hon. Temitope Adewale (Ifako/Ijaiye 1), said five people came out from the participants to acknowledge their abuse of drug, adding that currently three of them have been rehabilitated and gainfully employed.
Adewale stressed that the headquarters of hard drug market in the constituency is the Abattoir, adding that the decentralisation of the Abattoir was yet to be implemented by the executive.
He lamented that despite the dismantling of the hot-spots in the area, the drug peddlers still went ahead to rebuild the dismantled spots to continuing their illegal businesses.
Hon. Bisi Yusuff ( Alimosho 1), said his constituents requested for the transformation of the plank bridges to a well constructed bridges.
Other lawmakers who spoke listed some of the requests of their constituencies and narrated how the meeting went in their various constituencies
The Speaker, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, said that the primary responsibility of the lawmakers is to represent the yearnings of the people, urging the private sector to work in harmony with the government by ensuring that their presence at government forums such as the Annual Constituency Stakeholders’ meeting is not excluded.
Concerning the unanimous recommendations by the constituents that the meeting be observed twice in a year, Obasa said that the suggestion is a welcome idea that would be deliberated upon, adding that all other suggestions and concerns would be directed to Sanwo-Olu.